I confess that I find this somewhat tragic, as I too have Southern pride. Aside from the velleity that describes the religion of the Lost Cause and the white supremacy that defines Confederate paraphernalia, there is such a rich history and heritage for Southerners to celebrate. It was Southern soil that gave birth to the original American musical art forms by way of the Negro Spirituals, blues and jazz. Then there’s the great literary tradition that includes Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Tennessee Williams. The South provided the modern civil rights movement that moved this nation closer to its ideals of freedom, justice and democracy for all. And we should never overlook Southern sartorial splendor in the form of summer seersucker, and culinary combinations like chicken and waffles or fish and grits!
What he said. I have plenty of Southern pride, and my heritage does not depend on symbols that hurt other people.